700 days ago, Cal Byrne set himself three rules:
1. Draw one face a day
2. Black biro only
3. Do this for 7000 days
Cal Byrne has now completed the first 10% of his project and, if all goes to plan, will reach 7000 in April 2037.
“I draw on the days I feel like drawing and I draw on the days I don’t. Some drawings I feel good about and some I don’t. For me, Seven Thousand Faces is one artwork, each drawing just one part of the greater whole, pages in a book, grains of sand in the desert.
With the drawings, my intention is not to pursue any one particular path or to demonstrate linear progression but to allow myself the freedom to follow lines of inquiry as and when I encounter them. I hope to become distracted, to get lost - returning each day to the blank page, to draw, to try, again and again.”
During this exhibition, the artist will visit the gallery each day and draw a face on the next page in his sketchbook.
5:30pm Thursday, Friday
2:30pm Saturday, Sunday
The 700 drawings in this exhibition are presented out of sequence but can be viewed in chronological order on the Instagram page for the project: @seventhousandfaces
Cal Byrne graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA in Photographic Arts in 2014. He has lived in Deptford for the last six years and works as a teacher in a local primary school. A selection of drawings from Seven Thousand Faces were previously exhibited in Deptford X 2018.